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Whilst everyone wants a beautiful and well-kept kitchen, we understand it’s not always possible to assign an unlimited budget towards home improvement projects! New Image offers a range of products and solutions to help you transform your kitchen on a budget – all whilst still achieving stunning results! Join us as we share some creative and cost-effective ideas for an affordable kitchen renovation project in order to transform your kitchen!

Add a Splashback to your Kitchen For a Fresh New Look

A new splashback can radically transform the entire look of your kitchen! Depending on the choice of wall tile you choose, a new splashback can add a pop of colour, or even introduce a striking pattern to your kitchen at a low cost. We have a wide range of affordable high-quality kitchen tiles, such as subway or mosaic tiles, which are both available to order online or from our award-winning tile showroom in Weymouth.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how your kitchen could benefit from a splashback, we recommend that you book a FREE design appointment with our talented design team. If you bring pictures of your current kitchen in with you, along with a few pictures of interior styles or kitchens you like, our design team can recommend products to transform your kitchen whilst keeping to your budget.

Give your Kitchen a Fresh Coat of Paint

With just a few tins of paint, the entire look of your kitchen can undergo a remarkable transformation! What’s more, anyone can paint their kitchen with just a few simple tools and a trip to your local hardware store! Bold, vibrant hues such as red or aqua can infuse energy and vitality, while softer, neutral tones such as bone or lavender can bring a sense of serenity whilst making your kitchen look bigger and brighter. Painting your kitchen is a budget-friendly option that adds personality and charm without breaking the bank!

Replace Tired Worktops

Upgrading your kitchen worktop is a budget-friendly, yet impactful way to transform your kitchen affordably. The kitchen worktops we sell at New Image are made from high-quality materials and can effortlessly transform your kitchen’s aesthetic appeal. Whether you prefer the luxurious elegance of wood or stone, or the durability of quartz, our selection of kitchen worktops caters to diverse tastes and budgets. Visit our award-winning kitchen showroom in Weymouth to explore our full range of kitchen worktops and let our experts help you select the perfect worktop to transform your kitchen.

 

Invest in a New Sink and Taps

A simple yet transformative option for your kitchen is buy purchasing a new sink or tap. Our sinks and taps for sale at New Image are available in a wide selection of shades and finishes to suit any kitchen aesthetic!  From the timeless elegance of brass to the sleek modernity of black taps, or even the traditional allure of a porcelain sink, the choices for sinks and taps at New Image are endless.

While the upfront cost of a new sink or tap might not be the cheapest, the high quality of our sink and tap selection at New Image ensures that they’ll last for years to come. These aren’t just taps and sinks; they’re enduring fixtures that have been specially designed to last. Say goodbye to the frustration of leaky taps, which once poured your hard-earned money straight down the drain!

Although a new sink or tap will enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen, the impact of this change extends way beyond the visual appeal. A new sink or tap can improve the functionality of your kitchen, offering improved efficiency and ease in your daily tasks. So, while the cost might initially seem somewhat costly, the quality and enhanced functionality of our selection of sinks and taps at New Image makes it a wise investment in the long run. A new sink or tap isn’t simply an aesthetic upgrade – it’s a practical transformation for your kitchen.

Choose Kitchen Floor Tiles Instead of Vinyl Flooring

Where many homeowners will be searching for the cheapest option to floor their kitchen, you may be surprised to learn that kitchen floor tiles are a much more cost efficient choice than cheap vinyl flooring While there’s no shortage of luxury vinyl flooring products on the market, it’s important to consider the fact that vinyl flooring can become quickly susceptible to scratches and damage over time, regardless of its initial price tag! This means that over the years, you may find yourself spending a considerable about of money repairing or even replacing vinyl flooring! On the flip side, high-quality tiles can be a wise financial choice that can save you money in the future – despite having a slightly higher price tag!

Kitchen floor tiles are notably far more durable than vinyl flooring, which is primarily due to their resistance to scratches and staining! What’s more, if a kitchen tile ever becomes damaged or chipped, you can order a a single tile replacement from New Image – which is far more cost efficient than ordering a completely new roll of vinyl flooring!

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Replace your Kitchen Door Handles & Knobs

If you’re looking to improve your kitchen on a budget, one of the most affordable methods to do so is by replacing cabinet handles and drawer pulls!  Although a new door handle is a relatively small change to your kitchen’s interior, don’t underestimate the power a new kitchen door handle or knob has! If you’re looking to freshen up your kitchen on a budget, New Image has a variety of stylish and affordable kitchen cabinet handles and knobs options to choose from.

Change Up your Kitchen Cabinet Doors

 Replacing your kitchen door cabinets is one of the easiest and most budget-friendly ways to refresh your kitchen! New cupboard doors can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen, without breaking the bank and incurring the cost of an entire new kitchen set!  At New Image, we offer a bespoke kitchen door replacement service which serves as an affordable and sustainable alternative to completely remodelling your kitchen. With our vast selection of cabinet doors and styles, you can create a new look for your kitchen without the hassle and expense of replacing all your cabinets.

All our replacement kitchen doors are entirely bespoke and are made from scratch to meet each of our customer’s’ individual requirements, measurements and aesthetic preferences. Our talented carpenters can create replacement kitchen cupboard doors in a wide variety of styles and finishes – including handleless and shaker doors! We can also colour-match your bespoke kitchen cupboard doors to any existing paint colour on the market! Such paint colours include colours from leading brands such as Dulux or Farrow & Ball!

To find out more about our replacement kitchen door service, please book a FREE appointment online to meet with our expert design team at our kitchen showroom in Weymouth. A member of our team will discuss your kitchen’s individual needs and measurements in order to create a quote for replacement kitchen cabinets.

 

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We understand that every single detail matters when it comes to creating your dream kitchen. From cupboard doors and handles to kitchen furniture and storage solutions, each component plays a crucial role in achieving the desired aesthetic and functionality. Join us as we delve into the world of U-form and explore why they are the go-to choice for homeowners renovating their kitchens.

Leading Kitchen Door and Component Supplier

U-form has been a trusted name in the kitchen industry for over thirty years. Since its establishment in Northern Ireland in the year 1993, the family business has consistently delivered top-notch kitchen components, earning a reputation for excellence amongst kitchen suppliers and installers alike. Their longevity in the market speaks volumes about the quality and reliability of their products. The products themselves are made using the highest quality materials available on the market.

One of the reasons that U-Form has remained a leading kitchen door supplier is its commitment to excellence. U-Form’s trailblazing craftsmanship is at the forefront of kitchen design and ensures that each product they supply to us at New Image meets the highest standards. They source premium materials and employ skilled artisans who pay meticulous attention to detail, resulting in kitchen components that are not only beautiful but also built to last throughout the test of time.

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High Quality and Extensive Product Range

One of U-form’s standout features is its extensive product range. U-form supplies a wide variety of kitchen door products which vary from a selection of skilfully designed styles, finishes and extensive colour choices. U-Form’s offering stretches across a wide variety of kitchen doors, drawer fronts, and other kitchen components. Regardless of whether you are planning a modern, on-trend, timeless or traditional kitchen, we can guarantee that we will have a U-Form product to suit your specific needs.

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Modern Kitchens

Modern kitchens feature sleek lines, bold colours and clever storage solutions. Our kitchen designers use minimalist design principles to create a fuss free and understated look.

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On Trend Kitchens

Our on trend kitchens are influenced by current interior design styles. They feature state of the art technology and the latest appliances. We use popular colours to create a statement!

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Timeless Kitchens

Kitchens are a big investment that need to look great for years to come. Our Timeless kitchens feature classic design features and subtle colours palettes that won't date.

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Traditional Kitchens

Traditional kitchens utilise natural materials and warm hues to create a welcoming space to spend time with family and friends. They look great in period properties and have a nostalgic feel.

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Sustainability

In our world currently, sustainability is a hugely important factor to many of our customers, and so we are delighted to partner with such suppliers as U-Form who take such great care in their sustainable practices. U-form is dedicated to reducing its ecological footprint, they use sustainable materials, implement eco-friendly manufacturing practices (such as cutting-edge paint technology that reduces their environmental footstep) and are committed to responsible sourcing as all their raw timber materials are FSC certified. By choosing U-form, you’re not only creating the kitchen of your dreams, but you are also contributing to a greener planet at the same time.

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Bespoke Kitchen Design

We understand that no two kitchens are the same and to accommodate the diverse needs of our customers, we are able to order custom U-form products that have been created to meet your specific needs. If you require doors of specific dimensions, unique finishes, or hardware that matches your style, we can create tailored solutions that meet your requirements through our partnership with U-Form. If you require any assistance with your kitchen design, New Image offer a free no-obligation kitchen design service, where one of the highly talented members of staff can guide you through the kitchen design process. Although we do offer a walk-in service, we’d advise customers to book their free kitchen design appointment online.

With a legacy of excellence, a reputation for exceptional customer service and a wide product range both online and in our Weymouth showroom, New Image is your go-to kitchen product supplier in Dorset. If you’re looking to create a new kitchen, or simply refit your old kitchen, our design team and staff members can assist you throughout the entire process.

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Limited-Time Cashback Offer

As a renowned leader in the kitchen industry, NEFF offers a remarkable array of state-of-the-art kitchen products to help you take your culinary skills to new heights. If you’ve been contemplating a kitchen upgrade, now is the perfect time thanks to NEFF’s latest cashback offer.

From the 1st August until the 30th November 2023, all customers who purchase qualifying NEFF appliances from New Image kitchens will have the opportunity to earn a fantastic cashback reward. These cashback rewards can range anywhere from a generous £200, all the way up to an impressive £1000!

So, whether you’re eyeing that innovative oven, hob, or high-performance dishwasher, this offer ensures that you get the most out of your investment. NEFF’s reputation for trailblazing technology, craftsmanship and stylish designs makes them the ideal choice for any kitchen renovation project. By taking advantage of this cashback promotion, you not only enjoy the best in kitchen innovation but will also simultaneously be regarded for choosing NEFF.

For more details, please refer to NEFF’s comprehensive list of qualifying appliances in the cashback terms and conditions.

 

Experts in Kitchen Design

New Image takes great pride in bringing you the finest kitchen solutions and NEFF’s cashback offer is just one of the many ways we strive to make your kitchen dreams a reality. Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and elevate your kitchen with the help of New Image. If you need any other additional help in renovating your kitchen, please feel free to pop into our Weymouth kitchen showroom. Our in-house team of design experts will happily guide you through a free consultation to discuss all your plans and help you bring your kitchen dreams to life.

 

 

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Best Kitchen Appliances

Throughout the world of kitchen appliances, NEFF has continued to be a frontrunner best known for inventive designs and revolutionary technology. Since its birth in 1877, NEFF has become a trusted brand amongst homeowners and professional chefs alike. Join New Image as we shine a light on this fantastic company and explore why it continues to be the go-to choice for kitchen enthusiasts globally.

 

Integration of Smart Technology

In the modern day, we have a wide range of advanced technologies in all areas of the home – so why should the kitchen be excluded? NEFF has embraced the era of cutting-edge technology by incorporating it seamlessly into its appliances. The Home Connect feature, which is included in many of their ovens, allows the user to control and monitor their NEFF appliance remotely from their phone or tablet. This means that the user can potentially start preheating the oven whilst on their way back from work or can check the cooking progress from outside or from within another room in the house. Cutting-edge features in NEFF’s appliances such as these provide the user with heightened convenience and flexibility in the kitchen.

Unparalleled Cooking Experience

NEFF ovens and hobs are designed to enhance the cooking experience by providing users with a range of features, which in turn elevate the quality of their dishes. For example, the NEFF N90 Built-in Oven has a range of innovative features such as the Slide&Hide® oven door which tucks neatly away beneath the oven, offers easy access and reduces the risk of nicks and burns.  These oven features, combined with precise temperature controls and intuitive user interfaces, make NEFF ovens some of the best ovens on the market.

At New Image, we are dedicated to stocking only the the most reliable products available on the market. It is our utmost priority that all our customers have nothing short of an exceptional experience with any appliance purchased from us. NEFF have selected New Image to be a member of their MasterPartner program, which is a collection of elite and knowledgable retailers and suppliers spanning across the UK. As a NEFF Master Partner, we guarantee that when you buy any NEFF products from New Image, you will always receive a premium product.

 

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Design Excellence

Many individuals consider the appearance of appliances and how well they would complement the overall aesthetic of their kitchen when shopping for new kitchen appliances. NEFF appliances perfectly combine both functionalities alongside aesthetics. This is shown through the design of the appliances, the meticulous attention to detail, premium materials and sleek finishes. Our range of NEFF appliances here at New Image are available in a wide variety of colours and styles to suit any kitchen aesthetic, from modern to timeless, on-trend to traditional.

 

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Our Kitchen Showroom in Weymouth

If you are looking to purchase a new kitchen appliance for your home or workplace, we highly recommend visiting our kitchen showroom in Weymouth to view our full range of NEFF appliances. We also offer a free no-obligation design consultation with our in-house experts who can discuss the compatibility of NEFF appliances in your kitchen.

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When trying to save money, buying new products may seem like an unnecessary expense. However, investing in energy-efficient kitchen and bathroom products can actually save you money in the long run.

If you are searching for ways to save your pennies this year, then read on to discover our top five money-saving kitchen and bathroom products. These can be installed during a renovation project or retrospectively to improve your existing bathroom or kitchens efficiency.

 

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Quooker Taps

Quooker Taps are the leading brand of boiling water taps as they produce boiling water at a push of a button. However, it’s more than just convenience that make these taps such a worthy investment. These taps can help you save money in a multitude of ways and can replace the need to ever boil water in a kettle, or in a pan for cooking.

The water only boils as it exits the tap, meaning that your boiler won’t ever be triggered into action. Similarly, you’ll find yourself saving money on your water bills and lessen your water wastage as Quooker taps allow you to control the exact amount of water you require. This means no more wasted water for a single cup of tea or during the cooking process.

 

Cold Start Taps

Cold Start Taps, also known as Eco Turn taps, are products designed to reduce the chance of accidentally triggering the water boiler when hot water isn’t required. Cold start taps will always produce cold water unless you actively turn the lever to produce hot water. These taps save massively on hot water wastage and can help prolong the lifespan of the boiler itself – and in turn, can save you money.

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Water softener

There are various levels of water hardness across the UK. Those living in hard water areas will all be too aware of the issues that limescale can cause in our kitchens and bathrooms. This limescale can be very damaging to appliances, taps and showers – meaning that you may have to routinely replace these products. Not only does this limescale cause damage over time, but it also can look very unsightly on chrome ware, glass, and tile. You may find yourself wasting washing products, such as shampoo or soap as it can be difficult to create a decent lather with hard water. A water softener will prevent all these issues and will save you money in the long run.

 

 

Choose Tiles Over Vinyl Flooring

There are many luxury vinyl flooring products and brands on the market, however, vinyl flooring is susceptible to scratches and damage over time – regardless of the initial price of the product. On the other hand, a quality tile will always save you money when installed correctly. Tiles last longer than vinyl flooring because they are harder to scratch, or stain, They generally have a much longer service life.

Another bonus of  tiles is that tile usage is far more versatile in comparison to vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring has its limitations regarding being cut to fit around fitted furniture, whereas tiles can be installed beneath fitted furniture. This means that if you ever decided to change your bathroom or kitchen layout in the future, you wouldn’t have to rip up tiles, unlike vinyl flooring.

 

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Underfloor Heating at New Image Tiles. A great way to future proof your bathroom.

Electric underfloor heating

Electric underfloor heating was once regarded as a luxury, however electric underfloor heating (when used in conjunction with tile insulation boards) is very cost-efficient and can save you money on your heating bills.  Not only is the initial purchase of electric underfloor heating relatively low cost, but it’s simple to install and highly economical to run. The combination of an electric underfloor heating system and insulation boards enhances underfloor heating systems by reducing downward heat loss.

*It is important to note that underfloor heating can be expensive to run, but only if it’s fitted on an uninsulated floor and not used with a digital programmer and thermostat.

If you’d like to know more about money-saving bathroom and kitchen products that could potentially save you money, then visit New Image showroom in Weymouth. Our expert team can talk you through all the different options and find the perfect product to suit you.

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Kitchen revival splashbacks.

Make a splash in your kitchen with a fabulous splashback.

Our kitchens are the work horses of our homes and where we tend to spend the most time, especially with the current trend of open living. So, why not make your splashback a real focal point to emphasise the cooking area? It’s where the eye is naturally drawn!

There are many options available for splashbacks, which have seen several reincarnations over the years as technology has improved. You can make the space totally unique, personal and striking as well as being practical.

Here’s our top options to bring your splashback into the 21st century.

Tiled splashbacks

No longer are you restricted to 100x100mm square tiles in muted organic colours. Tiles have got larger and come in various styles, hundreds of colours and patterns, textures and shapes. They are robust and easy to clean. Large format tiles will reduce the amount of grout lines. Mix and match colours and textures, add botanicals into your scheme, think of different layouts with chevrons and parquet patterns, or consider geometric shapes or the exotic fish scale tiles. The possibilities are endless.

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Mosaic tiles

Mosaics come on sheets to make them easy to fit and are available in hundreds of colour and texture combinations, as well as mixes of different materials, including glass, stone, metals marbles, natural stone and ceramic. From hexagonal to fish scales, squares to bricks, diamonds to chevrons, there will be something to suit your kitchen scheme.

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Glass splashbacks

Glass splashbacks are made from toughened glass, so are perfectly safe behind your cooker. They are easy to keep clean, quick and easy to fit and offer a modern and stylish alternative from tiles. From solid colours to rainbow effects, matt finishes to sparkles, mirrored to frosted glass to metal effects, there is plenty of choice to suit every style of kitchen. They come in set sizes to accommodate the most common sizes of cookers or hobs and have matching upstands to complete the look.

Bespoke kitchen splashbacks

If you’re looking for a completely individual, sleek and modern splashback, then why not get one made bespoke? Available in dozens of vibrant colours, textures and finishes your splashback is templated and fitted by specialists so you have a seamless piece of glass or aluminium perfectly cut and finished to complete your kitchen. Chemical resistant, non-porous, heat resistant and easy to clean, they are perfect for even the hardest working kitchen.

So, think outside the box and be bold with your kitchen splashbacks and make your kitchen unique to your taste and style.

The design team at New Image are experienced at crafting beautiful kitchens and can work with you to choose a splashback that will compliment your existing kitchen or upcoming kitchen renovations. Get in touch to book an appointment with one of our design team at our showroom in Weymouth.

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place where many families spend much of their time together. In a busy household, the kitchen has a number of functions and often doubles as a place to socialise as well as prepare food. For families with young children, it’s important to design a kitchen which is both safe and functional. Here we take a look at some of the best ways to create a family friendly kitchen without compromising on style.

Open plan kitchen

Open plan kitchens are ideal for families because they allow everyone to congregate in one room. Removing walls and partitions helps create a social environment where everyone can enjoy spending time together, without getting in each other’s way. They are also great for being able to keep an eye on little ones from a distance when you’re busy preparing food or cooking.

 

Island or breakfast bar

 

If you would like seating but don’t have room for a dining table and chairs, a kitchen island will provide an excellent space for children to sit and eat their meal or do their homework as you continue get on with other jobs. If you don’t have enough space for a standalone island, a breakfast bar may be a great alternative. There are a great variety of compact and clip on highchairs available now which allow you to have young children seated safely at breakfast bars without them taking up a huge amount of floor space.

Child friendly worktops

Worktop material

Choosing a child friendly worktop is important when remodelling or refitting your kitchen. Little ones are notoriously messy, so it’s necessary to choose something that will withstand drops, knocks, spills and the general wear and tear that comes with constant use.

You’ll also want something that doesn’t stain or chip and is easy to wipe clean to hide sticky finger prints. Corian, Minerva and Quartz are hard wearing and durable and are an excellent choice for child friendly kitchens. Wood worktops can create a feeling of warmth add a natural element and after years of wear they can be sanded down to look brand new!

Consider choosing a design with rounded corners to avoid nasty bumps to heads or things getting caught.

Worktop height

For the ultimate family friendly kitchen, you may want to consider lowering a section of your work top so that your children can easily reach when they want to help with cooking. Once they grow out of it this it could be turned into a handy storage space or even a quirky seating area.

Non slip flooring

Kitchen floors need to be hardwearing to withstand constant use throughout the day. They also need to be non-slip to prevent children hurting themselves and easy to keep clean. Karndeans Korlok, Natural Stone or Porcelain tiles make an excellent choice because they are durable, waterproof and resistant to most stains.

Childproof cupboards

Children are inquisitive and love to look in cupboards and drawers, therefore, we recommend installing Child Safety Catches, for cupboards and drawers to keep potentially dangerous items safely locked away. As children get older, slow close doors are an excellent investment as they can help prevent fingers getting trapped. They will also prevent doors being slammed and stop excess noise.

Choosing the right cooker

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The cooker and hob can be considered the most hazardous appliances in a kitchen, but there are a number of small changes you can implement to ensure maximum safety for your children. You may want to consider an induction hob, which only heats up metal objects directly above the ring. This will stop your children accidentally touching the stove coil or naked flame. Consider hobs such as the Neff range with twist pads. the magnetic user friendly twist pad can be removed at any time rendering the appliances inactive.  It may also be beneficial to have your cooker installed above floor height so that your children can’t reach. Neff’s range of slide and hide oven doors are great to help ensure that whatever you’re cooking gets to and from the oven safely.

 

Taps

Washing up by hand.To avoid nasty burns, a boiling tap may be an excellent choice as they are difficult for children to use with a safety setting to help prevent accidents. If you prefer a conventional tap, we also supply faucets with a maximum temperature option so you can completely control the temperature of the water your children have access to.

 

 

 

 

If you would like more information on designing a family friendly kitchen or would like to make modifications to your existing space, please get in touch with our team of kitchen design experts. They will be more than happy to offer helpful advice and guide you through the design process.

Waste disposal unit

Waste disposal units are a great alternative for dealing with home food waste

We’ve known for a long time that waste disposal units are fantastic appliances for disposing of home food waste. However we find that many people visiting us want to know more about them and find out exactly what is a waste disposal unit. They are in fact a little device that is fitted to the outlet drain of your sink, usually a half bowl. It can be turned on to mash or grind up all the non-liquid waste that collects in your kitchen sink. Once all the food waste has been ground down it can easily be washed down the waste pipes and it will be treated by your waste water company.

How much is a waste disposal unit and what are the running costs?

Food waste disposal units range in price from about £100 upwards depending on the size and ferocity of the unit plus the fitting costs. Running costs are just pennies a week – they use about the same as a 100 watt light bulb for 3 minutes of running time and less water than a short toilet flush. There are no extra costs required for disposable bin bags, no cleaning materials required and it will have paid for itself in 2 to 3 years. Your kitchen will stay clean and fresh by eliminating bagged waste – no nasty whiffs that attract insects and vermin and you’ll also free up the space that a caddy requires.

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A sink with waste disposal unit is better than composting food waste; no space is required or the mess of a compost heap; it saves on landfill, and addresses the issue of greenhouse gasses, methane and CO2, as they are not captured and reused from landfill sites.

Food waste that has been through a food disposal unit is beneficial to the environment. It is sent through the pipes into the water system and goes to sewage treatment works. There it is put to good use and helps with the smooth operation of sewage treatment using the process of anaerobic digestion where it is converted to biogas which in turn generates power that is then sold on to the National Grid. 80% of sewage works use this process saving a whopping 19 million tonnes of food waste going to landfill sites.

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Food Pyramid from all over the world.

 


Waste Disposal Units & Food Waste Facts

Worldwide food waste costs billions of pounds annually and creates massive environmental issues in its disposal costs, landfill costs and with the production of Methane & CO2 that damages the ozone layer.

The facts are startling and as much as possible should be done to help this situation and we can all do our bit!!

UK Food Waste Facts per Year

  • 38% of all fruit and vegetables is wasted – melons are the worst offenders at 25%
  • 35% of all fish and seafood
  • 30% of cereals
  • 20% of dairy products
  • 13% of meat
  • 22.4% of bread – a staggering 24 million slices
  • Food waste costs the average family £60 a month/£700 a year- that’s a weekend away!!
  • 11.7% of food purchases avoidably wasted
  • 15 million tonnes is wasted per year
  • 4.3 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away
  • 97% of food waste goes to landfill- that is 33 million tonnes!
  • Every tonne of food waste creates 3.8 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions [Waste & Resources Action Programme WRAP]
  • Landfill food waste produces Methane which is 21 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas [Environmental Protection Agency EPA]

What Can We Do To Help?

We can all do our bit to save money for ourselves and help our environment at the same time.

  • Only buy what you need.
  • Organise your fridge;
  1. Meat at the bottom- coldest area
  2. Eggs in the middle
  3. Butter & cheese at the top – warmest area
  4. Bottles & condiments in the door
  5. Salad and vegetables in the drawer
  • Keep cheese wrapped
  • Keep bread in a cool dark place & make breadcrumbs from stale bread
  • Don’t store fruit and vegetables together
  • Store potatoes, onions, squashes and garlic in a cool dark place
  • Store tomatoes at room temperature, stem side down
  • Freeze extra portions for use on another day

How to reduce food waste


Whatever food waste you do produce should not be put into your regular waste bin but in a recycle [brown] bin for collection.

If you have a garden don’t just focus on maintaining your garden gates and fencing – think about your plant maintenance too! If you have a garden then a compost bin is useful for creating your own compost, which your plants will love, create a nutrient rich compost out of all your:

  • Fruit and vegetable trimmings
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Remember no cooked food should be put into a garden compost bin.

 

How food waste is recycled

 

 

We hope you can see that a few simple changes can, and do, make all the difference. So if you hate your food waste and your smelly brown recycle bin, a waste disposal unit may be the answer. Come into our showroom and talk to the kitchen department for more information.

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The UK falls behind the rest of Europe when it comes to sales of dishwashers with only 3 out of 10 households owning a dishwasher compared to 7 out of 10 households over the rest of Europe.

But statistics show that dishwashers are no longer considered a luxury purchase but more of a necessity in our increasingly busy lives and the appetite for modern kitchen appliances. However there is still the misconception that they are inefficient, costly to run, wasteful and an extravagant purchase.

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Benefits of having a dishwasher

There are many benefits to owning a dishwasher; Time savings, energy savings, water savings, more hygienic and a lot less hassle than hand washing.

Plus the added benefit of there not being piles of dirty dishes cluttering up the worktops or clean dishes drip drying on the sink drainer- a dishwasher can hide a multitude of sins! Technology has turned these work horses into domestic goddesses.

Based on a family of 4 hand washing 2 meals worth of dishes a day, 7 days a week (56 place settings + all the pots and pans and other kitchen detritus) there could be financial savings of over £200 a year on water (up to 150 baths worth of water) and power consumption. There is no need to pre-wash, soak, scrub and rinse with a dishwasher, all you need to do is to scrape off the worst of the food scraps and the dishwasher will do the rest.

Handwashing equates to about 4 hours a week as opposed to 10 minutes to stack and unload a dishwasher. So think what you could do with an extra 4 hours a week, or an extra week a year:

Take an evening class and learn a new skill, homework, visit friends, spend quality time with the family, read a book, get some exercise or absolutely nothing!!

What can you wash?

Almost anything is the answer to that question! Crockery, utensils, pots and pans, ornaments, toys, cooker hood filters, garden tools, flip-flops, hairbrushes and combs, shower head, fridge drawers and shelves, oven shelves and pot stands, and even your hub caps. Look out for the ‘dishwasher safe’ label when purchasing. You can even wash your potatoes and cook a salmon in your dishwasher!

The list of things you can’t put in is shorter. The following items should be hand washed.

  • lead crystal
  • silverware,
  • wood or bone handles
  • antique hand painted china

 

Plan for a dishwasher

If you are having a new kitchen, or revamping your current kitchen, then plan a dishwasher into your design- or remove a floor unit if fitting retrospectively. They can be freestanding or integrated. Have it close to the sink so there is easy access to the plumbing, water supply and waste outlet, and you are keeping the ‘kitchen triangle’ intact.

Plan for a dishwasher.

There is a dishwasher to suit everyone’s needs- singles, couples and families and even the most bijoux of kitchens can fit a dishwasher. No more breakfast dishes in the sink all day waiting for you to get home from work and cleaning up after dinner takes a fraction of the time- leaving you time for the important things…..

Germs away!

With meal preparation, snacks, splashes and spills not to mention the odd pet or two, our kitchens are a party venue for germs and bacteria- in your sink, drainer, washing-up bowls, dish clothes, tea towels, sponges and chopping boards.

Temperatures above 60C will clean, and kill germs, properly and most hand washing is done at temperatures less than 28C potentially leaving harmful bacteria behind. Some dishwasher programmes will wash at 75C, infinitely more hygienic especially when combined with the very powerful detergents used in a dishwasher. Even economy washes are still more efficient at killing bacteria and germs than hand washing. A dishwasher will dry the load as well so there is no need for tea towels which also harbour harmful bacteria.

A Must for Young Families

Health and safety is a huge consideration if you have a young family. A dishwasher will ensure that worktops are clutter free- nothing for little hands to grab and spill because all the dirty crockery, pots and pans, cutlery, knives and kitchen gadgets can be put out of the way in the dishwasher.

Babies have a habit of putting everything in their mouths so, providing the plastic is dishwasher friendly, then their utensils, drinking cups, bottles, bibs and toys can all be washed in the dishwasher at 75C leaving them sparkling and hygienically clean and safe from bacteria and germs.

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Items used for babies less than 6 months old need to be sterilised. Consider models with child safety locks. This will stop children from opening the dishwasher when operating or when not in use. It is easy to teach children to stack their dishes away and unload a dishwasher giving them some independence and responsibility.

What types of dishwashers are available?

Free standing, semi-integrated, fully integrated, slimline, full size and worktop models are available from most leading manufacturers. Slimline models will hold from 6 to 10 place settings while full size models will take up to 14 place settings.

Dishwashers will have a host of features including;

  • Height adjustable baskets
  • Various temperature programmes
  • Indicator lights
  • Economy and quick washes
  • Residual drying , heat exchange drying, extra drying
  • Load sensor
  • Child locks
  • Salt & rinse aid indicators
  • Time delay
  • Door opening sensor
  • Completion alarm

All you need to do is find the model that fits your lifestyle with the features that suit your needs.

Most dishwashers will have pull down doors but the latest trends are for single and double drawers that can have either their own frontage or fully integrated to match your kitchen units.

Ask any dishwasher owner if they could manage without one and the answer would inevitably be NO. The only arguments that are likely when it comes to dish washing is ‘whose turn is it to unload the dishwasher today?’

New Image Tiles

Kitchens are the ‘heart’ of most modern homes and with the popularity of open plan living it is where we tend to spend our time interacting with family and friends, but it still needs to be functional.

This room is probably the most expensive to kit out and we want fitted units and trendy lighting and all the latest integrated time-saving, energy-saving appliances and gadgets.

So how can you give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank? A few changes can make all the difference.


Lighting

Don’t leave your kitchen in the dark- good lighting will brighten up even the darkest of corners- think down-lights, spotlights, LED strips, plinth lighting or under cabinet lights. These can be installed quickly and a combination of these will create atmosphere and ambience and conjure up different moods as well as making the most of all the spaces.


Units

If the cost of new units is not an option then changing the doors could be. Your kitchen can be totally transformed just by replacing the doors and drawer fronts- it is these that take all the stresses and strains of daily use leaving perfectly good cabinets behind them. Replacements take a fraction of the time to fit; it is quick and much less disruptive. Almost any colour and style is available from slab gloss to farmhouse, lime-washed to shaker style, it will be hard to choose. Don’t forget that something as simple as changing the knobs, handles and tap will have a huge effect on the overall look and this simple update will be a minimal cost.


Worktops

Consider changing the worktops for an instant face-lift. There is so much choice available there is going to be something to suit every price range and taste; it could be hard to choose! From laminates to resin, granite and quartz, solid wood to the latest technology of Dekton, there will be a surface and colour to suit your new kitchen.

A quick change with a dramatic effect and minimal disruption.


Splashbacks

The wall area between the worktops and the wall units and behind the cooker is often a forgotten space when considering a re-vamp. There are options available to add a splash of colour and texture and make the space look bigger.

Tiles and mosaics are available in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours, patterns, materials and textures, so here is the space to let your imagination run riot. Do not feel limited to small squares or metro style tiles; bigger tiles, generally thought of as bathroom tiles, can make this small space look longer and deeper, and there are less grout lines- always a bonus!!

Think brick, wood, metallic or glass to modernise or keep it traditional with a twist- we have a huge selection you can choose from.

Glass splashbacks can be bought in standard sizes in a range of colours or they can be made to measure. They come in 6mm safety glass in a huge colour range.


 

Flooring

With a huge variety of kitchen tiles available from stock, your kitchen floor could be transformed; porcelain tiles are exceptionally tough wearing and you do not need to worry about dirt and staining- they clean up perfectly every time. Depending on the look you are trying for they could be a semi polished concrete effect or weathered floorboards, flagstones or parquet, patterned or plain. Use them to complement your worktop or splashback or create a dramatic effect with a contrasting colour. Whatever your choice the change will be amazing.

With all tiling we would recommend that the grout is sealed with our grout protector spray; this will ensure that the grout always looks pristine and any dirt will lift away.

Whether you opt for one, some or all of these renovation ideas not only will you transform your kitchen into a stunning new space, relatively quickly and with minimal cost and disruption but, best of all, your kitchen face-lift can add value to your home making it very cost effective – sadly it won’t improve your cooking skills but you will want to spend more time there and that is, after all, where all the best parties end up!!

Kitchen revival flooring.

New Image Tiles

grey_yellowPlanning a new kitchen, bathroom in fact any living space can be an exciting prospect and allow you to get your ‘interior design head’ on. But often it is difficult to know where to start.

This is where mood boards become your friend by collecting magazine cuttings, swatches, colour samples or even an inanimate object, inspiration can be found all around whether it’s the décor in your favourite café or the colour of the flowers you see whilst out walking the dog! There is no right or wrong way to seek out ideas.

A good set of resources to remember for mood boards are:

Print:

Magazines, catalogues, newspapers, and flyers can all be torn up and used as elements on your mood board. For all books and elements that shouldn’t be destroyed or could get damaged, scan and print images.

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Online:

Pinterest, this can be downloaded onto your smartphone, tablet or desktop enabling you to find ideas and suggestions pretty much anywhere online, whether it’s on a dedicated home decor/design website or just an inspirational image you come across whilst browsing. Shutterstock is also a great place to scroll through and see what catches your eye.

Landmarks and holiday spots:

Museums, monuments, outdoor trails, and other spots people intentionally visit can open a plethora of new ideas and schemes. Use your phone’s camera so you can capture details big and small.

Familiar territory:

If you’ve visited, say, the pub or local park down the street more times than you can count, approach it with fresh eyes and find a new perspective.

In the home:

Cooking dinner? Check out the packaging, observe the texture, shape and colour of the food you’re preparing. Anything that ignites your imagination just take a photo or draw a sketch if you have the mind and it can all be included in the creation of your mood board.

Visit our Pinterest profile to see our own mood boards and design concepts we like from elsewhere online

Mood boards are a visual experience. If you’re not a professional interior designer it doesn’t need to be polished and pretty. It simply has to be functional. If you choose to create a physical board it could be a whiteboard, a corkboard, or even a piece of thick cardboard – anything you can pin or stick things to.

Then you will be able to collect together your ideas visually and so have a better understanding of what will and won’t work when it comes to colour, shape, texture and finish.

It will also help prevent you making impulse buys, which could cost you time and money in the long run.

Brighten up your kitchen with spring flowers.

Now’s the time to brighten up your kitchen and bathroom!

Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worth celebrating; it breathes new life into the world around us and most of us feel happier, more positive and hopeful for the future. So have a ‘Spring Fling’ and bring it into your home.

The great outdoors has natural appeal to most of us- the sky, earth, water and the effect of these elements makes us feel calm and refreshed and this is the most common time of the year that we start to plan changes. So why not combine the two and make changes that bring the outdoors indoors? Here are some great ideas to brighten up your kitchen and bathrooms this springtime.

Introducing plants and cut flowers is the most obvious ‘quick fix’ choice for bringing the outside in.

Cut flowers will bring instant colour and cheerfulness to any room but will just be a short term fix while potted plants will add refreshing, sculptural shades of green and give a room an instant face lift. Moreover in the humid warm conditions of a bath/shower room some plants will thrive regardless of whether you have green fingers or not;

  • Bamboo needs very little light so is perfect for smaller dark rooms and can be grown in a pot with pebbles and water.
  • Aloe Vera [the immortality plant] is almost indestructible and just keeps on giving.
  • Cast iron plant loves to be ignored and will manage with low light levels and limited watering.
  • Begonias thrive under fluorescent light so perfect for internal bathrooms.
  • Dragon plants will help to purify the air and prefer low lighting levels and love the humidity of a bathroom.
  • Orchids will add a real touch of class and thrive on the tropical conditions that a bathroom can provide.
  • Spider plants must be one of the easiest plants to keep alive in almost any room.
  • Peace lily plants offer an excellent filtration system, don’t need much care and are easy to maintain.

Pots of growing herbs or micro salads really help to brighten up your kitchen. Not only save you money but add aromatic scents to the room too and gives you the opportunity to utilise and recycle your old tin cans, jars, teapots and mugs. When you have harvested the herbs from your garden you can hang these to dry them out for a year round supply.

Don’t forget that plants don’t just have to sit on the window sill in your kitchen or bathroom- consider hanging baskets, ceiling/wall mounted pot hangers, wall mounted pots and floor standing pots or placing the plant on top of tall/wall cupboards.

Natural materials and fibres, textures and patterns will help to bring the outside inside

Wood, rattan, hemp, jute and wicker can be introduced into your kitchen or bathroom scheme in numerous ways.

Accessories are available using natural products as well as being good storage solutions. A combination of these will enhance the look; from furniture to lampshades, rugs, baskets, canisters, plant pots, trays, handles and containers. Use them in creative ways for a rustic country look-a wicker picnic basket makes a great bread basket and wooden crates make perfect storage units whether floor standing or wall hung.

Natural Elements can be injected into your scheme to enhance the outside/inside theme

Wooden crate storage can help to brighten up your kitchen.Pebbles, rocks, sea shells, drift wood, bark, branches and wood can all be used to accessorise your rooms. They can be used in creative ways or just heaped into glass jars or baskets and displayed on shelves. If a lack of shelf space is an issue because of the normal paraphernalia that we have then considered pictures or photographs of these elements to bring nature into your home.

Colours can have dramatic effects on our mood and introducing colour into a scheme is probably the easiest and cheapest way to transform the way a room looks and feels. Accessories are easy to change, so consider treating yourself to some new bathroom towels, window dressings, storage canisters, pots and pans, cups and mugs, trays, tea cloths, kettle and toasters or even a lick of paint….

  • Green- the colour of grass, trees and plants to create a calming influence.
  • Blue-water and sky for a refreshing look.
  • Yellow- sunshine and flowers for freshness and an uplifting feel.
  • Neutral tones- whites, beige, tan for a natural and clean look.

Spring aromas help to brighten up your kitchen and bathroom

Appeal to your sense of smell by introducing the scent of spring into your home. Pot -pourri seems a little old hat these days but gone are the bowls filled with withered crispy bits of stuff but bowls filled with dried oranges, clementines, lemons and limes will add zesty aromatics to your kitchen or bathroom. Fill glass bowls with rose petals, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, star anise, bay leaves and herbs for added natural fragrances. Candles have been used for centuries to introduce scents into a room so treat yourself to some new ones and relax to springtime perfumes.

Fresh fruit always looks colourful in glass bowls and vases and shallow dishes, they are guaranteed to brighten up any room and with the zingy colours of red apples, limes, oranges and lemons you are introducing nature in its most vivid livery.Potted basil herbs.

  • With extended daylight hours our days are longer and we tend to feel happier, more vitalised and energetic. So anything we can do to bring that natural light into our homes will help to bring the outdoors inside. Clear windows of heavy drapes and blinds and dress them-if they need to be dressed- with voiles and lighter fabrics to allow the maximum amount of light into your home. You could consider DIY window films for bathrooms if you do not have frosted glass. The clever use of mirrors to reflect the natural daylight will help to make the room look even brighter.

Go on – brighten up your kitchen and bathroom this springtime and add a bit of spring zing to your home!